13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ginny impulsively ask Keith?

2. What does Keith wrangle Ginny into doing?

3. Why is Ginny unsure when she goes to an ATM machine to get some cash?

4. What does Keith say he does not like?

5. What can be seen in the Roman Forum?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Keith and Ginny do at the house in Edinburgh and what is Ginny told as she is leaving?

2. What is Ginny's experience in the theater?

3. What happens when Keith makes a romantic overture to Ginny?

4. How does Ginny feel at the door to the pub and what does Keith tell her?

5. What does Ginny ask Beppe when they arrive at his apartment and what does he do there?

6. How does Ginny meet Beppe?

7. What is Ginny's experience the second night of Keith's show, and what does he do?

8. Describe the process Ginny goes through to purchase the tickets.

9. Where does Ginny go and what does she get there?

10. What does Peg tell Ginny as far as traveling is concerned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Maureen Johnson.

2. What in Johnson's background may have helped him in writing "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "13 Little Blue Envelopes" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in the book to discuss, and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and your own live to support your opinion.

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